In a brief promo during the January 7 episode of Rampage, Starks confirmed the news, saying that he would be giving the title opportunity to Matt Sydal because he’s “The Stroke Daddy”, and he gets what he wants. The reason for Sydal being the opponent, according to Starks, is to prove to Dante Martin that he can beat Sydal in just one match, whereas it took Martin three in order to overcome the veteran.
Starks defeated Cage to win the gold at AEW Fyter Fest 2021. He hasn’t defended the title on AEW TV since he beat Brian Cage in a street fight on the October 8 episode of AEW Rampage.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 8, 2022
You can view the updated card for AEW’s Battle of the Belts below:
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker (c) vs. Riho
- Interim AEW TNT Championship: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Sammy Guevara
- FTW Championship: Ricky Starks (c) vs. Matt Sydal